|Date of birth||March 14, 1967|
|Place of birth||Dublin|
|Rugby union career|
Vince John Gerald Cunningham (born Dublin, 14 March 1967) is a former Ireland international rugby union player. He played as a centre.
He had 16 caps for Ireland, from 1988 to 1994, scoring three tries and one conversion, 14 points in aggregate. The Irish centre played two matches at the 1991 Rugby World Cup finals. He played twice at the Five Nations, in 1993 and 1994.
He toured New Zealand in 1993 with the British and Irish Lions and at the time played club rugby for St. Mary's College R.F.C.
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